Anthony Joshua to defend IBF, WBA titles against Pulev in October

Anthony Joshua to defend IBF, WBA titles against Pulev in October

Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev has confirmed he will face Britain’s IBF and WBA heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua in Cardiff, on 28 October.

The 36-year-old is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title.

Pulev posted on Facebook the date, and confirmed Cardiff, as the venue.

The Bulgarian said Anthony Joshua is a great and dangerous rival, but claims that his style fits perfectly with his.

The bout has not been confirmed by Joshua’s team, with promoter Eddie Hearn, stating an announcement would be made later.

Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is expected to host the bout six months, after Joshua stopped Vladimir Klitschko, at a sold-out Wembley Stadium in April, to add the WBA title to the IBF belt, he claimed in 2016.

Klitschko delivered the only defeat of Pulev’s 26-fight career in 2015, but the Bulgarian has since won five fights in a row, taking him to a position as IBF’s mandatory challenger.

Joshua’s meeting with Pulev is set to be the fourth night of boxing held at Wales’ National Stadium.

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